CEO urges govt to prioritise remote districts

By STARZA PAUL

Remote and isolated districts in the country should be prioritised by the national government through the national budget by allocating them more moneys for development, says a CEO.

Ambunti-Drekikir chief executive officer Ricky Wobar told this paper in Port Moresby that the government must start to focus on this development agendas and start allocating more funding for delivery of basic services to most of the remote electorates in the country.

“I’m calling on the government to maximise and allocate more monies for the least and poor developed electorates than those more developed.

“We can’t expect the least and remote districts to get minimum basic services with the same amount of money allocated every year so I’m calling on the government if it can make adjustments,” said Mr Wabar.

Mr Wabar said that his district was among those least and remote electorates in the country and for the successive electorate MPs to deliver basic humanitarian service over the years since independence, it has been really challenging.

“For these least and remote districts, the cost involved as well as providing for fair distribution and delivery of services have been very challenging,” he said.

“For these disadvantage electorates to catch up with developments and one way I see is through increased funding for them,” he said.

The CEO said that under the current leadership of Johnson Wapunai, the district administration has prioritised education and health in its drive to maximise service delivery to the district though it’s not enough.

“The DDA of my district has seen the challenges and it has allocated more funding into health and education.

“Most of the community schools in the district are closed due to its remoteness so our local MP with his DDA has allocated more funding into training local teachers so that they can be able to go back and teach in their respective communities,” he said.

Local MP Johnson Wapunai raised similar sentiments and said that most of his DSIP funds are consumed by transportation costs than the actual cost of the projects and this he described will continue to be a hindrance to service delivery for most of the remote and least developed districts in the country.

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